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Presidential Election Results

posted Nov 14, 2016, 4:18 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 7:41 AM ]

By: Korey Alder, Media Editor

Posted November 14th, 2016

Since last year, we've been bringing you updates on the race for the presidency, and this will likely be the last report in the series. On November 8th, voters flocked to the polls to elect the next President of the United States, and the results are in.

In case you (somehow) haven't yet heard, Republican candidate Donald Trump won the election, and a concession speech from Hillary Clinton means that the drama behind this election year may finally have come to an end. Trump took the lead in electoral votes, with 279 (as of Nov. 9th), while Clinton trailed with 228. There are still a few electoral votes remaining pending the last voting reports, but with Trump over the 270 mark, these votes won't change the outcome of the election. The interesting thing in this case is that Clinton actually received more popular votes by a relatively slight margin, but was unable to win in the electoral college, due to Trump's success in some major states such as Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

Republicans also maintained control of the Senate and the House of Representatives, of which many seats were also up for grabs. In the Senate, Republicans control 51 seats, just enough for a majority; a similar story can be found in the House, where Republicans control 239 of the seats there. At the same time, Donald Trump should be able to select a Republican-leaning  Supreme Court member for the currently-open 9th position. This means the Republicans will likely have control of all three branches of the US government, at least until the midterm elections in 2018. Depending on your point of view, this could either be a very good or a very bad thing, but what is undeniable is that a lot of changes are coming to D.C.